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Neglect is a pattern of failing to provide for a child or young person’s basic needs, whether it be adequate food, clothing, health, hygiene, supervision, shelter, emotional support or learning. 

Neglect can have very serious consequences, physically, developmentally and emotionally. In the worst cases children have died as a result of neglect. 

Neglect is the most common reason for a child being on a Child Protection Plan in the borough.

How can I tell if a child is being neglected?

You might notice:

  • they seem like they haven’t washed, are dirty or smelly, or their clothes seem dirty
  • they are hungry or asking for other people’s food
  • their parents don’t seem to know where they are or what they are doing
  • they often don’t turn up for school, or often arrive late
  • they don’t seem to have many friends
  • they are living in dangerous conditions, i.e. in a house that is in a dangerous state of disrepair or is so dirty that it is unsafe; around drugs, alcohol or violence
  • their parents don't seek medical treatment when they are ill or are injured or persistently fail to attend medical or dental appointments
  • they are left unsupervised in a way that seems unsafe for a child of their age
  • they don’t seem to ever get emotional support or comfort when they are upset

 Worried about a child?

If you suspect that a child is experiencing neglect, reporting the concern may not be something you want to consider.

Your initial reaction may be to dismiss it and just hope it's not true. But it's vital that you report your concerns if you feel a child may be suffering. If you don't report your concerns it could mean that the neglect will continue.

Whether you're the child's parent, relative, family friend, neighbour or a professional, don't let anything stop you from protecting a child.

How do I report a concern?

If you suspect that a child or young person is being neglected or is at risk of being neglected then you should report it immediately.

You will need to contact Rochdale Children's Social Care or the Police. Click here  for the contact details.

Call 999 and speak to the police if you suspect a child or young person is at immediate risk of harm.

Parents of neglected children

  • Parents of neglected children usually LOVE their children
  • they often face many social and personal challenges
  • these challenges affect their capacity to provide what their children need to the extent that the children suffer, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
  • There is lots of support available for families

What happens after a concern is reported?

Help and support will be offered to the family.

For more information about neglect click here

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